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An interesting reenactment of Varangian warriors. Note their full-body mail cuirass. Creator and reenactment group unknown – felicitations on their work.

The term ‘Varangians’ was actually a generic term for the Byzantines, describing


Mysterious Viking boat graves unearthed in central Norway

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Republication from Norwegian scitech news

The oldest grave is from the 8th century. But why were these two people buried together? (Illustration: Arkikon)


Two people died roughly 100 years apart. Nevertheless, they were buried together. In boats.

In the second half of the 9th century, an important woman dies at the farm now known as Skeiet at Vinjeøra, in central Norway. Her dress is fastened at the front with two large shell-shaped brooches of gilded bronze along with a crucifix-shaped brooch, made from an Irish harness fitting. She is then placed in a boat, about seven or eight metres long. Grave goods are also buried along with body, including a pearl necklace, two scissors, a spindle whorl– and a cow head.


Χάραλντ Χαρντράντα: Ο μισθοφόρος του Βυζαντίου που έγινε βασιλιάς της Νορβηγίας

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Αναδημοισίευση από το ιστολόγιο cognoscoteam.gr/

Γράφει ο Ηλίας Αναγνωστάκης

Ο πιο διασημος Σκανδιναυος ολων των εποχων, ειναι φυσικα ο Harald Handraada (1015-1066), του οποιου η ζωη λιγο απεχει απο το χαρακτηριστει ενα επος. Γεννημενος στα τελη του 1015 στο Ringerike της Νορβηγιας, ο νεαρος Harald εδειξε απο νωρις τις εκπληκτικες ηγετικες και στρατιωτικες του δυνατοτητες. Με υψος 5 «ells» ( περ 2.05μ) και «δυναμη αρκουδας» ( Heimisgrilla Saga 54-D) ο νεαροτατος (μολις 15 ετων) Harald συμμετειχε με 600 ανδρες απο τα Upplands στο πλευρο του αδερφου του Ολαφ του «Αγιου» στη φοβερη μαχη του Stiklesand, εναντιον των Δανων το 1030. Ο Ολαφ σκοτωθηκε, οι Νορβηγοι ηττηθηκαν, αλλα ο Harald κατορθωσε να διαφυγει παροτι βαρια τραυματισμενος.


Viking migration left a lasting legacy on Ireland’s population

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Republication from The Conversation


The early medieval period in Ireland (400-1200AD) was a time of key importance. It was a turning point in European history and the origin of much contemporary Irish culture and identity. Ireland, the early medieval “land of saints and scholars”, had much cultural and economic growth during the 5th and 6th centuries. Elsewhere in Europe there were unstable populations in the wake of the fall of Rome.


Georadar detects a Viking ship in in Østfold County, Norway

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Republication from Niku


Archaeologists armed with a motorized high resolution georadar have found a Viking ship and a large number of burial mounds and longhouses in Østfold County in Norway.

Press release: 

The discoveries were made by archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) with technology developed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro).

– We are certain that there is a ship there, but how much is preserved is hard to say before further investigation”, says Morten Hanisch, county conservator in Østfold.

– This find is incredibly exciting as we only know three well-preserved Viking ship finds in Norway excavated long time ago. This new ship will certainly be of great historical significance as it can be investigated with all modern means of archaeology”, says Dr. Knut Paasche, Head of the Department of Digital Archaeology at NIKU, and an expert on Viking ships.


Half the population of the Viking-town Sigtuna were migrants

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Republication from Stockholm University

New analysis of the remains of 38 people who lived and died in the town of Sigtuna during the 10th, 11th and 12th century reveals high genetic variation and a wide scale migration. The study is the largest of its kind so far in Sweden and a combination of several methods, including DNA analysis and Strontium isotope analysis of teeth. The results are published in a new article in Current Biology.

Sigtuna is well known as one of the earliest actual cities in the area and was formally founded around 980 AD. More unknown is the fact that the picturesque town, which today is home to around 10 000 people, was a distinctly cosmopolitan place back then.


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